Chris Cleverley announces new album and live dates

Chris Cleverley
Photograph by Redwood Music Photography

Altfolk songwriter and guitarist Chris Cleverley announces new release for Summer 2021.

Chris will be releasing a series of stripped back recordings entitled Live From The Glass Isle on Friday 30th July. The track list features adapted versions of songs from his previous two studio albums, arranged exclusively for solo guitar and voice.

The project was recorded a stone’s throw from the foot of Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, on the 1st August 2020, the pagan festival of Lughnasadh. According to Chris it was a way of representing the transition from full band arrangements to solo performance of these songs; a transformation enforced by the insularity and isolation of the pandemic, with its restricted potential for live performance:

“After months of playing these songs alone at home, shut off from the musicians I work with, they had taken on a new life; a curious metamorphosis. So much so that I barely recognised the original full band arrangements. It was important to acknowledge the development – to make a diary entry of this change – through the recording of this record.”

Recorded in one day with just two microphones and a Fylde Falstaff acoustic guitar, the project presents itself as a ‘live album’ for our imprisoned age. It is an expose of Cleverley’s intricate, masterful acoustic fingerstyle guitar playing, showcasing some of the unique and inventive techniques for which he has become renowned on the UK folk scene.

The album will be available as a digital download or exclusive, limited edition CD.

The release is supported by tour dates in July and August:

30.07: B-Bar -Plymouth (Devon)
31.07: Parish Church – Kingskerswell (Devon)
01.08: Schtumm – Box (Wiltshire)
05.08: The Dark Horse – Moseley (Birmingham ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY)
08.08: Green Note – Camden (London)

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